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Local, global security firms in race along China's 'Silk Road'

A map illustrating China's silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road, or the so-called "One Belt, One Road" megaproject, is displayed at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo 24 Apr 2017 11:15AM (Updated: 24 Apr 2017 12:27PM) SHANGHAI: Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing's modern-day "Silk Road", the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world's second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond. Representing investments of hundreds of billions of dollars, the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen boosting economic growth at home, and as positive for everything from steel prices to cement makers. Security firms also expect to tap the rush, offering to protect thousands of Chinese workers - and the pipelines, roads, railways and power plants they build - as they fan out across t

Locals being hired for CPEC security: Ahsan April 22, 2017      Islamabad Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said that security forces have been deployed for the protection of mega projects initiated under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Speaking in the Senate Session during question hour, he said that Provincial and Para-Military institutions were working in collaboration and there was need to make them stronger. The enemies of Pakistan want to harm the project of CPEC, he said, adding that provincial governments were cooperating with Federal to foil the conspiracy. The minister said that special security division, comprising nine army composite battalions, of having 9229 personnel and six civil armed forces ( CAFs ) wings consisting 4,502 personnel, have been raised. Security of Chinese working in Pakistan on various projects lies with Ministry of Interior, being the focal agency responsible for there security , he a

CPEC improves local infrastructure, people’s life : Report April 23, 2017 By: Samaa Web Desk BEIJING : Local residents in Pakistan are witnessing significant changes in their live, two years after the launch of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) program. The project, a key element of the Chinese government’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, was officially launched in 2015 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan, according to a report broadcast by China Radio International (CRI) here. The multi-billion US dollar plan includes building up infrastructure along a route linking the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang, China to the southwestern Pakistani port Gwadar. Muhammad Nisar Khan, general manager of a section of the CPEC project, said the building boom underway along the route, has created a lot of opportunities. “ The locals are being skilled with construction of these mega projects, with respect to construction of bridges, tunnels,

CPEC and Balochistan By  Northlines  - April 23, 2017      CPEC - A potential threat to turn Gilgit-Baltistan a battleground CPEC and Balochistan Dr Shabir Choudhry London     22 April 2017 From Chinese territory, the CPEC will enter an occupied territory of Gilgit Baltistan, as that is the only land link of Pakistan with China. Is it not interesting that the CPEC enters an occupied territory (Gilgit Baltistan) and ends in another territory, Balochistan, which is also considered as occupied by great number of local people. Resentment of people of occupied Gilgit Baltistan apart, today I will focus on how CPEC, which has hidden imperial agenda, will affect people of Balochistan. Before I look at the response and resentment of the local people, it is imperative that real situation of the local people is explained and what facilities are available to them. Balochistan is huge land, largest province of Pakistan, which is sparsely populated; and with very

If Pak executes Kulbhushan Jadhav, India should recognise Balochistan as separate country: Swamy

Vadodara: India should recognise Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan went ahead with the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today. "Pakistan should be taught a lesson by recognising Balochistan if it executes Jadhav. Not only that, Pakistan should be divided into Balochistan, Pakhtunistan and Sindh to teach it a lesson for encouraging cross-border terrorism," he said. Swamy was delivering a lecture on 'India and International Terrorism', organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad, an NGO, at the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Nagargruh in Akota locality here. "Merely declaring Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism will not serve any purpose. Only the disintegration of Pakistan will help tackle the issue of cross-border terrorism better," said the Rajya Sabha member. He also said "attacks" should be carried out on the premises of the two most wanted terrorists -- Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim -- who have